INTERVIEW: Blaise

Hi Blaise, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hey, thanks so much for having me, it’s a pleasure to be on VENTS. I’ve been very well thanks, other than being in a 24/7 lockdown here in Dubai! It’s been ok though because I have been keeping really busy in the studio working on loads of new music, and also recording live mixes and videos, so I can not complain. If people want to check it out I have a regular live streaming set  on Thursdays at 6pm UK / 9pm GST on my Instagram @blaisedj.

From all the songs out there what made you want to rework Byron Stingily’s “Get Up”?

The original is an absolute classic and one of my favourite ever house tracks. I’ve played it in so many of my sets over the years and it got to the stage where I was like, I want to make an edit of this. I have never really wanted to use an old track before, just because I was always worried about doing the track justice, but this was a must for me in the end.

What was the approach you intended to go with the song?

Myself and my music partner Theo Douke were talking about this track one day in the studio and started the idea as a club track. I didn’t really think it would go anywhere as a single release but Teni Tinks, who’s worked with Stormzy, came in to re-vocal it and gave it a new spin and it took off from there. 

How was the recording and re-writing process?

We originally made it in my brother’s studio at my parents house late one night, but then we left it alone until a few months ago. I now live in Dubai and my music partner Theo is still in the UK, and so we were getting used to working remotely before all the virus situation happened! My manager Jin Jin hooked us up with Teni, and Theo recorded the session in the UK. I just remember receiving a message from him saying WOW!!! And I was blown away when I heard it. Her voice is amazing and took it to the next level. The track works so well with a female vocal.

How has the Byron version itself influenced your work?

The soul in his voice. That’s very hard to get these days in house music. That’s why the original Get Up was such a massive song and still is. The production is very bumpy and uplifting which is always needed in house, but Byron’s voice sells it completely. I just really hope people feel I’ve done it justice with this version. The feedback has been amazing, but it is tough because people will compare remakes to the originals. We have taken it away from the original with the production but have definitely kept the soul in it with the vocals and tone from Teni. 

What is it about the 90s that you find so fascinating?

There were some absolute classic house music made in the 90s. This is also when my passion for music really took off and I started to DJ, so seeing that it’s still so relevant now is fascinating. The 90s for house music releases and the vibe at parties was something else.

Does the new single mean we can expect more new material – how’s that coming along?

I have loads of new material and it’s all original work – so much club and crossover music ready and waiting to go. We’re just putting a plan in place for my next few releases, and I am very excited to share what is in store. I’ve been working really hard over the last couple of years with my team, my management Jin Jin and Katherine to The Orchard and Universal Music Publishing, and I’ve been very lucky to be getting in the studio with some amazing artists and writers such as Kelli-Leigh, Karen Harding, TCTS, Alex Mills and Poppy Baskcomb. I am also working on an album, but that’s likely to be next year now, because of all the issues happening in the world right now. 

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Well the campaign on Get Up has been going so strong, and we’ve had such a big reaction from DJs and radio to the latest remixes, we’re waiting until people get bored of that first. The remixes by Azello and the great Ray Foxx are smashing it. But you’ll be hearing the next Blaise record soon for sure.

Any plans to hit the road? 

I wish!!! I did have shows booked in Belarus, Russia, Greece, Las Vegas, Dubai, Ibiza and back in the UK but unfortunately they have all been cancelled until this virus situation is all sorted and everywhere is back up and running. So hopefully when this is all over I will be back on the road in no time. 

What else is happening next in Blaise’s world?

I’ve been getting some mad support from Kiss FM and I have a guest mix spot on Kiss Fresh on April 19th, and am going to be taking part in the Kiss Virtual Festival this Friday 10th April – the world’s biggest radio rave apparently. Also I’ve done a mini-mix for Music Of The Future’s Global TV channel on YouTube which is going live in the next few weeks I think. The Get Up campaign is still keeping me busy and sane in this lockdown situation as well. Just really looking forward to the next few releases and to getting back out on the road again.

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